Sioux Center, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be in Sioux Center with State Senator Randy Feenstra on Friday, August 22.Terrace View

The two politicians will discuss business development issues and opportunities. The Governor’s office says he has made it his passion to grow business and Industry in this State and he would like to talk with key business leaders in Sioux Center about the model for Iowa’s economy.

Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull looks to become the head of the Ways and Means Committee for the State Senate. He is looking at ways to reduce the tax burden on employers along with changing the regulatory and State tax structure.

The meeting will be at 8:30 AM on Friday morning, August 22 at the Terrace View Event Center on the south side of Sioux Center. Terrace View is located at 230 Saint Andrews Way.

Orange City, Iowa — The Orange City woman accused of murder in the death of a 3-year-old in her care has asked for a suppression of evidence. Ned Bjornstad, the attorney for 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp of Orange City says she wasn’t read her rights when she was taken into custody in Sioux Falls. Sioux County Courthouse_sva

Sapp is accused of picking up 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma and throwing her to the floor, after she wouldn’t take off her coat, causing injuries that required treatment in Sioux Falls and that allegedly lead to her death.  According to court records, Sapp is charged with First Degree Murder, a class A felony; and Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a class B felony.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office took Sapp into custody on October 30th, 2013, according to court records, and she was interrogated. She made statements to Detective Michael Walsh of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office that the defense wants suppressed. The court document says she also sent text messages which were intercepted by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office.

Sapp,Rochelle- cutHer attorney, Bjornstad — says Sapp was detained but was not under arrest. However, he says that Miranda rights applied as soon as her freedom of action was curtailed to a degree associated with formal arrest.

The court document also says Sapp was sleep and food deprived, exhausted and distraught, and that the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office was aware of this.

Therefore, Bjornstad wants any text messages conveyed through her phone during her detainment by Minnehaha County officials and any statements she made to those officials excluded from her trial.

According to court records, a pretrial hearing is set for Thursday, September 4th at 10 AM at the Sioux County Courthouse. The trial was moved on a change-of-venue to Carroll County and at last report was scheduled to be in November.

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Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Orange City.Orange City Ambulance OC

The Orange City Police Department reports that about 9:00 AM, 17-year-old April Vande Brake of Orange City was northbound on Prairie View Lane Northeast in Orange City in a 2012 Jeep SUV. Sixteen-year-old Trevor Scholtens of Orange City was eastbound on Seventh Street Northeast in a 2000 Ford SUV.

Vande Brake was attempting a left turn onto Seventh Street Northeast. The report says she failed to yield for traffic and pulled out in front of Scholtens. Scholtens’ Ford struck Vande Brake’s Jeep in the back driver’s side door.

Vande Brake was transported to Orange City Area Health System Hospital by Orange City Ambulance.

Vande Brake’s Jeep SUV received $8000 damage. Scholtens’s Ford SUV received $5000 in damage, which was enough to total the vehicle.

Vande Brake was charged with Unsafe Entry Onto Roadway.

Hawarden, Iowa — An attempted burglary has been reported near Hawarden, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to solve the case.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They say that they investigated the report on Thursday, August 14th. According to the report the attempted burglary took place at a home a mile east of Hawarden. The perpetrator or perpetrators appear to have attempted to break into the home by prying on a walk-in door.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office determined that the incident likely occurred sometime between August 6th and August 11th.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip Program. Directions can be found at

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Hull, Iowa — You may remember that last week we told you about several American flags being been reported stolen in the town of Hull. Now more flags have been reported stolen.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flagpoles from both school and residential property on the north side of Hull. The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

Now three additional reports of stolen flags have come in, and the Sheriff’s Office is now also investigating those. The incidents occurred in the Hull and Boyden areas.

The Sheriff’s Office determined that these thefts likely occurred between Sunday, August 10 and Saturday, August 16.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip Program. Directions can be found at

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is coming to northwest Iowa this week, and by the looks of his schedule, he will be quite busy.branstad

He will make several stops in our area on Thursday, August 21st, and one on Saturday, August 23rd.

Starting the day on Thursday will be an appearance at 8 AM, when Governor Branstad attends Great Lakes Communication Corporation Data Center’s grand opening in Lake Park. From there, Branstad will tour Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee. That’s a 10 AM start there.

After that, the governor will travel to Orange City for a noon appearance at Quatro Composites. There, Quatro Composites and the State of Iowa will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 45,000 square foot expansion at the company’s corporate headquarters located at 403 14th Street Southeast in Orange City. Branstad will be the featured speaker. State Senator Randy Feenstra, State Representative Dwayne Alons, and Bill Anderson (representing Congressman Steve King) will also be attending.

At 2 PM, Governor Branstad will present the 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at Prairie View in Sanborn. The facility is at 610 Eastern Street.

From there, it’s on to Noteboom Implement’s new facility in Sibley for their grand opening. The new Noteboom Implement facility is at 1712 Deere Drive in Sibley. Branstad will be there at 3:30 PM. The new Noteboom Implement is a 28,000 square foot facility located along Highway 60 at exit 51. The grand opening will run from 2-7 PM. Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom says that everyone is invited. He says they are appreciative of the Governor’s presence. He says several John Deere executives and local dignitaries will also be there. Store Manager Bob Schlesser says that it is an expansion and upgrade for their Sibley location. Activities will include a Kids Zone and inflatables, music by Iowa’s own musical family “The Browns”, an old fashioned barbeque, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demonstrations.

After the John Deere festivities in Sibley, the governor heads to the Ashton area for an appearance at Zylstra Feedlot at 5123 210th Street near Ashton. He’ll tour the feedlot.

Governor Branstad will be back in our area on Saturday, August 23, 2014, when he’ll head to the Okoboji area for a 4 PM appearance. He will hold a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349 at the Dickinson County Nature Center at 2279 170th Street near Okoboji. Senate File 2349 allocated money to state departments and agencies from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. Gambling revenues make up the largest share of that fund.

Des Moines, Iowa — Unemployment statewide is fairly steady, and Lyon and Sioux Counties continue to have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the state.unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce gives us the numbers.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

In our area, Lyon County continues to be have the lowest unemployment in the state, with a July unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Even that is down two points from June’s figure of 2.4 percent. Sioux County isn’t too far behind, tied for fifth place with 3.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from June. Plymouth County is at 3.2 percent. The next area county is Osceola County, tied for 19th place on the list with 3.7 percent unemployment, unchanged from June. O’Brien County is in a 4-way tie for 23rd with 3.8 percent, up from June’s 3.5 percent.

Other counties in our region had higher unemployment in July. Dickinson was at 4.3, Cherokee was at 4.6, Buena Vista was at 5.0 and Clay County was at 5.4 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase in the monthly unemployment rate,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa’s labor force has grown steadily this year, and surpassed 1.7 million in July.

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 76,900 in July from 74,300 in June. The current estimate is 3,700 lower than the year ago level of 80,600.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,623,800 in July from 1,624,700 in June. This figure was 900 lower than June, and 30,300 higher than one year ago.

Iowa nonfarm employment totaled 1,550,200 jobs in July and remained unchanged since June. Job gains in the private sector were exactly offset by declines in government. This month’s stagnation halts three consecutive months of gains in nonfarm employment, and leaves the state up 16,500 jobs versus one year ago (+1.1 percent).

Education and health services added the most jobs this month (+2,800) due to gains in both private education services and health care services. In the case of educational services, job gains were partially due to a shift in seasonality; health care industries continue to steadily advance upward due to increasing demand. Professional and business services was buoyed by growth in professional, scientific, and technical services this month and gained 1,000 jobs. Construction also fared well this month (+1,000), marking the fourth consecutive month for job gains. Smaller increases this month included financial activities (+800), other services (+500), and information (+200). Alternatively, leisure and hospitality experienced an unexpectedly large drop this month (-2,300) with losses being nearly even in accommodations and food services and arts and entertainment. Trade and transportation also shed 2,300 jobs due mostly to losses in transportation and retail. The only other loss this month occurred in manufacturing (-300) which has now pared jobs in six of the last seven months, yet remains up 1,200 jobs since last July.

With this month’s unexpected gain, education and health services has now added the most jobs annually (+4,000). Health care jobs have advanced steadily (+2,900) and are responsible for the majority of the growth in this super sector.

Construction has also shown considerable promise since last year (+3,900) due to renewed demand for commercial and residence projects. Professional and business rebounded this month, and now rests up 2,300 jobs since last July. The majority of these gains are found in administrative and support services.


Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:05 PM, 18-year-old Logan Van Noort of Hawarden was driving a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup eastbound on 420th Street, about two miles north of Orange City. Nineteen-year-old Chasady Hilbrands of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville southbound on Ironwood Avenue. Hilbrands struck Van Noort in the intersection.

The Orange City Ambulance transported Hilbrands to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Hilbrands’ Pontiac sustained about $7,000 in damages. Van Noort’s GMC pickup sustained about $9,000 in damages.

Hilbrands was cited for failing to yield to a vehicle on the right.

The Orange City Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance assisted the sheriff’s office.

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Hull, Iowa — Several American flags have been reported stolen in the town of Hull.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flag poles on the north side of Hull. The flags were taken from both residences and school property.

The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip Program.

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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened in two incidents over the last week.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

In the first incident, they’re looking for a vehicle that crashed through a cornfield. They were alerted to the incident on Tuesday morning, August 12. The investigation shows that it occurred on Elmwood Avenue, two and a half miles south of Rock Valley. Upon further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office says they determined that the incident actually took place sometime on Saturday, August 9.

They believe that a vehicle was northbound on Elmwood Avenue, left the roadway, entered the east ditch, struck a fence pole and entered a corn field. The vehicle then drove through 150 feet of standing corn before it exited the field, damaging a fence line in order to leave the area.

The vehicle will likely have extensive damage to its front. If you have any information on this incident you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.

The Sheriff’s Office also asked us to help them find out if anyone knows anything about multiple reports of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in Granville last week.

They say the thefts likely took place between Thursday, August 7, at 10:30 PM and Friday, August 8, at 6:30 PM.

Allegedly stolen were sunglasses, electronic equipment, and cash.

Again, if you have any information you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.